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Sources: MLS, Players Association continue talks as league makes 10% pay cut proposal

Sat, 23 May 2020 07:21:00 GMT

Negotiations between MLS and the MLS Players Association surrounding player compensation continue, with salary cuts, a force majeure clause and revenue sharing among the sticking points. With the league shut down since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLS has been engaged with the MLSPA regarding economic concessions. While the two sides agreed on a framework for a new CBA last February, neither side ratified the agreement, giving MLS an opening to engage in talks. Sources confirmed to...

FC Cincinnati's Jaap Stam on photo mix-up: 'It's happened before'

Fri, 22 May 2020 02:18:00 GMT

Newly appointed FC Cincinnati manager Jaap Stam shares his excitement and outlook for his new club. Ex-Man United player Jaap Stam shares his vision for FC Cincinnati after being named the MLS club's new coach. FC Cincinnati posted the wrong photo in its tweet announcing the hiring of former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ And it wasn't the first time the new MLS coach with a shaved head has been confused with someone else who has the same look. "It's happened before, but it was quite a big surprise yesterday,'' Stam said Friday. The team announced his hiring Thursday on a tweet...

FC Cincinnati hire Jaap Stam, use photo of man who isn't Jaap Stam, MLS rivals do the rest

Fri, 22 May 2020 05:45:08 GMT

Ex-Man United player Jaap Stam shares his vision for FC Cincinnati after being named the MLS club's new coach. Major League Soccer club FC Cincinnati announced a real coup this week after former Manchester United and Netherlands defender Jaap Stam was hired as their new head coach. The Ohio franchise tweeted their big news on Thursday but unfortunately -- in a turn of events that would make any social media editor break out in a sympathetic sweat -- welcomed Stam on board by accidentally using a photo of somebody else entirely. In an error that is seemingly down to an incorrectly tagged file in the image...

Sources: MLS Orlando tournament taking shape with four groups

Thu, 21 May 2020 04:02:00 GMT

The Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya discusses the drawbacks of MLS's plan for an Orlando tournament. Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes says it's time for MLS players to get back on the field. Taylor Twellman explains the importance of the MLS-Liga MX rivalry after the MLS All-Star Game was cancelled. Herculez Gomez is skeptical about plans for MLS having a tournament in Orlando when the league returns. The details surrounding the proposed MLS "mini-tournament" in Orlando are coming into focus, with the league breaking the 26 teams into four groups and with the top two teams in each group advancing to a knockout round sources have confirmed ESPN. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ The Athletic was the first to report the new details, with sources confirming that the situation remains fluid and that many details...

FC Cincinnati names ex-Manchester United player Jaap Stam as manager

Thu, 21 May 2020 08:47:00 GMT

Ex-Man United player Jaap Stam shares his vision for FC Cincinnati after being named the MLS club's new coach. Taylor Twellman explains the importance of the MLS-Liga MX rivalry after the MLS All-Star Game was cancelled. Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes says it's time for MLS players to get back on the field. Weston McKennie says the USMNT are "molded together," despite reports the team lacks an identity on the field. Jon Champion says MLS will need to have clear focus like the Bundesliga to pull off a tournament in Orlando. Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam was named the next manager of FC Cincinnati on Thursday. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ Stam will be reunited with FCC general manager Gerard Nijkamp, who hired Stam as manager at PEC Zwolle back in 2018. Stam has also had head coaching spells with Reading as well as Ajax Amsterdam's reserve team. His most recent managerial stint came...

Major League Soccer's tournament plan like a 'luxurious prison' - Union's Bedoya

Wed, 20 May 2020 01:17:00 GMT

Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya likened Major League Soccer's reported plans for a tournament in Orlando to restart the season to living in a "luxurious prison." MLS suspended play on March 12 as the coronavirus pandemic began to affect cities throughout North America. However, ESPN sources recently said that the league was eyeing June 1 as the date for players and coaches to arrive at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando to begin group training. - Stream new episodes...

MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game, Leagues Cup, Campeones Cup canceled due to coronavirus

Tue, 19 May 2020 02:16:00 GMT

Taylor Twellman explains the importance of the MLS-Liga MX rivalry after the MLS All-Star Game was cancelled. Herculez Gomez is skeptical about plans for MLS having a tournament in Orlando when the league returns. The All-Star Game between MLS and Liga MX, the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup, have all been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the leagues announced on Tuesday. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ - Where Europe's top leagues stand on finishing 2019-20 season  The All-Star Game is likely to be played in the same venue for 2021. The Leagues Cup and Campeones are scheduled to return...

MLS feats of strength: Stories of Alphonso Davies' speed, Nedum Onuoha's strength and more

Tue, 19 May 2020 07:11:00 GMT

Herculez Gomez is skeptical about plans for MLS having a tournament in Orlando when the league returns. Jeff Carlisle dives into MLS's proposed wage cut with the season still suspended indefinitely. Professional soccer players can perform amazing feats, whether lacing a pinpoint pass 60 yards, trapping a ball with a delicate touch or blasting a shot at incredible speed. They are also incredible physical specimens, capable of running for 90 minutes or more, sprinting full field in the dying stages of a match or elevating above opponents to win a header. This piece is about these second types of achievements. We called up Major League Soccer's trainers, heads of performance, strength coaches...

MLS players' union proposal offers $100M in payroll relief

Mon, 18 May 2020 10:02:00 GMT

Herculez Gomez and Jose del Valle respond to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's comments about "The Last Dance." The MLS Players Association has sent a counterproposal to Major League Soccer regarding player salaries for the 2020 season, with the union confirming that the amount of economic relief would exceed $100 million. - Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+ - Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on ESPN+ Sources tell ESPN that the proposal -- made over the weekend -- includes salary reductions, salary deferrals and significant reduction of bonuses, as well as future...


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